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Product Details

  • Paperback: 210 pages
  • Publisher: Xlibris (April 23, 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0738849316
  • ISBN-13: 978-0738849317
  • Product Dimensions: 8.7 x 5.6 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,146,576 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

William Schindler obtained a B.A. in Sanskrit from UC Berkeley (1975), where he also studied Bengali and Hindi, and a Master's degree in clinical psychology from Antioch University (1986). He lived in India for two-and-a-half years from 1972-1977 first as a pilgrim, then as a student at Banaras Hindu University, and finally as a monk of the Ramakrishna Order. He has written novels, short stories, and numerous essays on gay spirituality. His non-fiction book, GAY TANTRA (Xlibris, 2000), is the definitive work on the topic of traditional Hindu Tantra adapted to the spiritual needs and aptitudes of gay-identified persons. He currently lives in Los Angeles, California, where he offers spiritual instruction and counseling for gay men.

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65 of 66 people found the following review helpful By Dharma Sivan on September 3, 2001
Format: Hardcover
As we head into the new millennium the gay community is plagued with problems of alcoholism and drug abuse, it seems that as we have jettisoned the religions that oppressed us we replaced them with consumerism and nihilism. It is a sad reflection that so many of us are seeking something deeper but cannot easily find it. The monotheistic religions of the West have, at times, tried to accommodate gay and lesbian practitioners by becoming more "liberal", yet these attempts are, in my mind, patchy at best. Fundamentalism is still going strong. There are many Gay Christian organizations working hard to help those so inclined, yet so often, Biblical exegesis seems aimed at making excuses for the intolerance of the Bible and there is still a great ambiguity when it comes to pleasure and the human body. At times it seems that the western religions view of acceptance is homosexuals becoming like heterosexuals.
In the Dharmic religions, specifically Hinduism and Buddhism, there has been a long tradition of sexual tolerance. While certainly there has been inroads into these faiths by Puritanism, especially under the British in India, the core traditions remain very sex friendly. This is especially true of the Tantric traditions and those related to Shiva and Shakti. (Shaivism and Shaktism). It is also true that Vedanta and related schools and many branches of Buddhism have a more open approach.
At the same time there is little in print for the seeker wanting a Gay spiritual life. While the works of Alain Danielou, a great Shaivite, musician and scholar, who also happened to be gay, offers more theoretical information on sex positive aspects of Hinduism, there is little practical advise.
Gay Tantra is a unique book.
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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful By W. Reid on July 20, 2006
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"Tantra" in the west is often interpreted to mean an ecstatic experience with spiritual dimensions. This concise and well written book provides a larger cultural perspective that has been targeted to the needs of gay men. As a westerner, the "guru-master" element of the spirituality of the subcontinent must always remain foreign to me as a spiritual democrat. This book has been largely shaped by the views of one such 19th century guru.

But those heirarchical relationships are authentic to the culture of tantra. Heirarchical relationships are no problem for the gay man whose erotic interests are congruent with the leather/BDSM world, and this world is well represented on the author's Ashram West website. For gays interested in spirituality and/or tantra this book has a lot of value to offer.
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Shiva Kali on January 7, 2009
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When I got this book, I was concerned that it would be another watered down spiritual book for gay people with it sole aim to make us (gay people) feel better about ourselves. I also thought it may be a narrow, distorted version of tantra that is oh-so-common in the US. I was surprised to find that it was neither. In fact, it is a solid spiritual book aimed at introducing gay people to the powerful spiritual system of tantra. (And no this isn't about sex). Tantra, as it is so thoroughly explained in the book, is about finding the Divine in all aspects of life. It is about divinizing all of life to bring one into conscious awareness of God/Goddess and to attain final liberation. The author directs this book to gay people, but this book is excellent for anyone who wants to understand Tantra philosophy and practice better. As a gay man, this book is a refreshing find in the genre of spiritual books.
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By E. lacoste on October 17, 2013
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was not sure, what i would find, but i also made time to email the write, and he got back to me, really cool.
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By mellott Timothy on December 13, 2012
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I like the book and it gave me insite, and it was in the shape it was said to be.
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